Gamers prove their bravery in real life
Five League of Legends gamers from West Auckland feel like legends themselves after being presented with police bravery awards.
Barrie Olsen, Jason Sloane, Konrad Berking, Maina Papalii and Rob Lew were honoured at Waitakere Police Station for their role in apprehending an offender during an attempted carjacking in April in New Lynn.
‘‘Last time I was here I was downstairs so it’s nice to be upstairs and here for something good,’’ Lew said while receiving the Area Commander’s Certificate of Appreciation in front of his friends and family.
The group were
in the middle of the popular online game League of Legends at E-Loong Internet Cafe at about 9.30pm on April 22 when they heard a woman screaming and a car engine revving.
Olsen says he ran out and witnessed a young woman being assaulted.
Olsen, who works at the cafe, immediately ran with his friends to help.
While some of the group stayed with the woman to make sure she was OK, Olsen chased the offender and, with the help of others, managed to surround him and stop him as he tried to escape.
The group held him down until police arrived.
The woman suffered bruising from the attack.
Konrad Berking was amazed to receive the award. He plans to send it to his family in Australia.
‘‘We are humbled that the police would do this,’’ Lew added. ‘‘ We were just acting how people normally would.’’
Waitakere Police Area Commander Inspector Scott Webb says the men ‘‘did everything right’’.
‘‘They made the effort to come outside, they kept cool heads with some staying with the victim and some on the phone to police.’’
The men were honoured in a ceremony alongside longserving police staff and volunteers.
A 22-year-old man has been charged with assault with intent to rob in relation to the attack.
A group of League of Legends gamers have become legends in their own right after they stepped in to help a young woman. From left, Jason Sloane, Rob Lew, Maina Papalii, Konrad Berking and Barrie Olsen.